An African footballer was found dead on railway tracks on the Mumbai-Howrah route in Janjgir-Champa district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. The deceased, Diomande Aboubacar, hailed from Ivory Coast. His mutilated body was recovered from the tracks near Baradwar railway station, around 200km from here, on August 9 night. A cellphone in his pocket helped police establish his identity. Initial investigation suggests Aboubacar was granted a visa in July for playing football in India. He most probably landed in Mumbai on August 8 and was on way to join his teammates in Kolkata by a train. The 31-year-old played as a mid-fielder for a club based in Abidjan.
WC final overthrow involving Stokes to be reviewed
Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep that ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat to the boundary during the World Cup final will be reviewed in September, the custodians of the game’s laws, Marylebone Cricket Club, said today. The overthrow rules drew MCC’s attention after New Zealand were left to rue a fortuitous, last-over overthrow that went for four after getting a deflection off Stokes’ bat. On-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus awarded England six runs in total, two by the batsmen and four for the overthrow. But former ICC Elite Panel umpire Simon Taufel said as per the rules, the umpires should have awarded England five runs instead of six as the batsmen didn’t cross when Guptil released the ball from deep.
Cricket in line to be included in 2028 Olympics
Cricket could be part of the 2028 Olympics as the ICC is working towards getting the sport included in the roster for the Los Angeles Games, MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting said.
Indian Bank, Army enter final of basketball tourney
Indian Bank will take on Indian Army in the final of the 55th All India Basketball Championship for men for the PSG Trophy here tomorrow. While Indian Bank edged out Indian Air Force 81-77, the Army team outplayed Kerala State Electricity Board 70-47 in the semifinals today.
Karnataka beat IAF 2-1 in Bangalore Cup hockey
Karnataka eked out a 2-1 win over Indian Air Force at the Bangalore Cup All India Hockey Tournament (Men) here today. Indian Navy inched closer to a semifinal berth with a 4-1 win over All India Customs.
Maha athletes qualifying for Olympics to get extra Rs 50 lakh
Maharashtra Sports Minister Ashish Shelar today announced that an additional fund of Rs 50 lakh would be given to the athletes from the state who have qualified for the Olympics. So far, two athletes from the state, shooter Rahi Sarnonbat and archer Pravin Jadhav, have qualified for the Tokyo Games.
Warriors, Titans play out 29-29 draw in PKL
Bengal Warriors and Telugu Titans played out an exciting 29-29 draw in a Pro Kabaddi League match here today. In the other match, UP Yoddha edged out Bengaluru Bulls 35-33.
Argentina hockey teams qualify for Tokyo Olympics
Argentina’s men’s and women’s teams qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after winning gold in the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Canada came runners-up in both the men’s and women’s finals. The Argentine women won 5-1, while the men won 5-2. Agencies
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